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Year Published
2010
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Evolution: The Origin of Species
Alternate Names
Evoluce: O původu druhů
Ewolucja: Pochodzenie gatunków
Эволюция
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In Evolution: The Origin of Species, players do the work of nature, putting animals into play and evolving them trait by trait to help them survive and thrive. Each player starts with a hand of six cards that feature an animal on the back and one or two traits on the front.

Each round consists of four phases. During Development, players take turns playing one card from their hand either as an animal (face-down) or as a trait on one of their existing animals (face-up and tucked under the animal). Traits include Carnivorous, Camouflage, Sharp Vision, Swimming, Poisonous and Communication; if a card has two traits, the player chooses which trait the animal acquires, hiding the other trait under the animal. Once a player passes during this phase, he can no longer play cards.

During Food Bank Determination, a player rolls 1-2 dice (possibly adding two to the total) to determine the amount of food available for the round.

During Feeding, players take turns acquiring one food cube and "feeding" one of their animals. Some traits give animals special abilities that can be used during Feeding or at other points during the game. Animals can also be carnivorous, allowing them to attack one other animal to feed – although that animal might have a defense like High Body Weight or Tail Loss that allows it to survive. An animal can't take more food than it needs unless it has fat tissue, which allows it to store food for future rounds.

During Extinction and Draw, any animal not fully fed dies; the owner takes that animal and all traits and stacks them in his personal discard pile. Each player then receives new cards in hand equal to one plus the number of live animals that player has.

When the deck runs out, the players conduct one final round, then score points. Each live animal is worth 2 VP, and each trait on a live animal worth 1 VP; some traits (Carnivorous and Parasite) provide bonus VPs, but make it tougher to keep an animal alive. The player with the most VPs wins.

By combining two sets of Evolution, you can have up to eight players in a game.

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Contents:

  • 84 cards
  • 25 food counters
  • 2 dice
  • rules

Awards

  • 2010 BoardGamer.ru Best Russian Game of the Year.
  • 2010 Prammy.ru Best Russian Boardgame.
  • 2010 Oflex.ru Best Russian Boardgame
  • 2013 Toyaward.de ToyAward nominee

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mb - The Real Lizard Master (Evolution: The Origin of Species fan)

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Chinese first edition
Publisher: More Fun Co., Ltd., TwoPlus Games
Artist: Dmitry Knorre
Year: 2014
Size: 8.85 x 6.50 x 1.65 inches
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Release Date: Jun 2014
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Year: 2013
Size: 4.92 x 3.74 x 1.18 inches
0.44 pounds
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RBG English / French / German edition
Publisher: RBG
Artist: Dmitry Knorre
Year: 2012
Product Code: EU-01-01
Size: 7.48 x 7.48 x 1.97 inches
0.79 pounds
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Publisher: RBG
Artist: Dmitry Knorre
Year: 2012
Product Code: EU-01-03
Size: 7.00 x 7.00 x 1.00 inches
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Publisher: Rightgames LLC
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Year: 2011
Size: 6.50 x 7.28 x 1.46 inches
0.55 pounds
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0 FAQ Polish.
Frequently asked questions concerning the Polish edition.
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2014-03-05
5 Yet another trait for EVOLUTION by Svartisen v 1.0
Altruism - an additional fan made trait for Evolution: the Origin of Species
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2013-10-28
6 Four new traits for Evolution: The Origin of Species
A corrected version of four new trait for Evolution: The Origin of Species
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2013-10-12
3 "Evolution: The Origin of Species" rules in Latvian
"Evolūcija: Sugu izcelšanās" noteikumi latviešu valodā
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2013-10-11
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rules in ukrainian
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2013-06-03
7 Two new traits for EVOLUTION: Origin of Species
The rules plus printable cards for two new traits: BROOD PARASITE and KLEPTOPLASTY. Drop your opponent a voracious cuckoo that will be difficult to feed or allow your animal to use photosynthesis similarly to some sea slugs.
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2013-04-10
6 Traits - how to use them
The table providing information about each trait (when it is triggered; mandatory or not)
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